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Incredible truths and barely credible lies

"Welcome to The Unbelievable Truth, the panel game show about incredible truths and barely credible lies. I am your host, David Mitchell. The rules are as follows: each panelist will present a short lecture that should be entirely false save for five pieces of true information which they should attempt to smuggle past their opponents – cunningly concealed amongst the lies. Points are scored by truths that go unnoticed while other panelists can win a point if they spot a truth or lose points if they mistake a lie for a truth."
Having recently concluded its 13th series, the show has amassed 81 episodes. For your listening pleasure: [more inside]
posted by Lexica on Jul 29, 2014 - 43 comments

"I'm 31 and I can't go to haunted houses."

"'It Sucked': Legends of the Hidden Temple, as remembered by a former contestant." A follow-up to an article we talked about previously.
posted by invitapriore on Mar 29, 2013 - 32 comments

"Come On Down"

The story of a guy who went to LA with one goal in mind, get somebody from his party into Contestants Row on The Price is Right.
posted by COD on Jan 4, 2013 - 32 comments

"We were doing a show that nobody else understood"

"For Iron Man 2, there was a massive set built for the Stark Expo. It was the largest blue screen ever used in a film. It was so funny being there and having Jon explaining that to me, realizing we had done the same thing years before." A comprehensive behind the scenes interview with the creators of Nick Arcade. (Previously)
posted by yellowbinder on Jul 26, 2012 - 9 comments

A St. Bernard and a year's supply of whisky

"Little slices of glamour beamed directly into your home in half-hour chunks; a perky theme, flashy titles, charismatic host, inventive format, gags, quiz, games, raucous outro – the works! Incredibly plain people given a quick glimpse of the good life, to which the tanned, funny man in the nice suit held the door." The joys of the 1980s game show. [more inside]
posted by mippy on Aug 4, 2011 - 4 comments

Character Armour

"There are few more relentlessly tragic and depressing stories in the history of showbusiness than that of Lena Zavaroni."
posted by Potomac Avenue on Jun 8, 2011 - 31 comments

To be fair, the hosts can be stupid too.

Let's pause for a moment to view the best part of any gameshow -- the stupid contestants. [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Jan 13, 2008 - 36 comments

Fantastico!

A gringo wins on a Honduran game show! Very much a gringo, Duzer wins the competition on the Honduran game show Fantastico.
posted by willthethrill on Apr 10, 2007 - 12 comments

Oh nooooo. Not... GALLAGHER!

Frank Zappa. Musical Innovator. Actor. Straight man. Dance Judge. Monkee.
posted by miss lynnster on Apr 5, 2007 - 30 comments

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"...he just loved the genre of game shows." Peter Tomarken was killed today in a plane crash in Santa Monica, CA, while on an errand of mercy. As the host of the original Press Your Luck, he was associated with some wacky (and later controversial) Eighties television.
posted by LinusMines on Mar 13, 2006 - 15 comments

The Price Is Right

The Price Is Right has been around forever.. and has plenty of great fan sites. But not at BobBarker.com. No, sir.
posted by AloneOssifer on Mar 19, 2005 - 24 comments

Flashy Games

Remember when game shows had a soul? All the bug-eating and voting off has left me wishing for the golden age of games. Reminisce with some well-designed classic bonus rounds here.
posted by AloneOssifer on Feb 7, 2005 - 18 comments

Ken Jennings We Salute You!

Ken Jennings, why have you forsaken me? Mr. Kottke, best known for breaking the Teacup Dome scandal, is now reporting that Ken Jennings has lost his 75th game. For the record today he will play his 42nd game, so he still has a long way to go. Perhaps most interesting is that the AP, etc. are all picking up on this but not giving direct credit to Kottke -- as seen in this Slashdot thread.
posted by geoff. on Sep 9, 2004 - 48 comments

24 Hour Quiz (?)

In '24 Hour Quiz', three contestants spend many days in a mini-Big Brother environment ('The Pod') constantly having questions fired at them with no end in sight. 'off the telly' fill in the blanks: "There's no getting away from it, '24 Hour Quiz' is quite the worst thing currently showing on ITV1 (that's even allowing for 'Footballers' Wives'). That it's spread-eagled across the schedules in three separate editions just compounds the agony. This is cheap, worthless television, offering up a huge mallet with which to beat the ITV network. It plays to our worst suspicions about the channel, and that's just annoying. There's nothing about the show that's prepared to confound or surprise, other than its sheer shoddiness." Has anyone else seen this? Is it really the worst gameshow format ever?
posted by feelinglistless on Feb 26, 2004 - 8 comments

WWTBAM

How BADLY do you want to be a millionaire? Badly enough to cheat on a TV game show? An ex-Army Major, his wife and another man have been convicted of 'procuring the execution of a valuable security by deception' - in other words, getting someone to sign a cheque for a million pounds which was won by cheating.

The scam involved a series of coughs at strategic points in the "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" game show, guiding the Major to the right answers.

The show was never aired after suspicions were raised but I would be interested to see if it'll now be released so I can make up my own mind about the suspicious, ahem, coughs.
posted by essexjan on Apr 7, 2003 - 22 comments

Come on down!!!

Come on down!!! You're the next contestant on the Price is Right! A fixture of television since 1972, who can forget the Pricing Games or the lovely Barker Beauties? [warning: swimsuit porn, pop-ups, gator, what would your mother think?] My favorite pricing game was Plinko. Learn how to build your own Plinko for your home and fine tune your mathematical strategy and hopefully get on the Record Book. Even if Bob Barker thinks the show's going to end soon, you can participate in Fantasy Internet adaptions if it does. I bid one dollar!
posted by Stan Chin on Oct 17, 2002 - 14 comments

The Classic Hollywood Squares

The Classic Hollywood Squares is dedicated to that most raucous of celebrity game shows. We'll have none of that Bruce Vilanch nonsense here. I'll take Paul Lynde to block, Peter.
posted by MrBaliHai on Feb 3, 2002 - 5 comments

The new TV show, The Chamber

The new TV show, The Chamber "involves contestants who vie for a chance to enter a torture chamber. The winner is strapped into a chair in the chamber and must answer game show questions while enduring such torments as 100 mph winds, earthquake simulations and extreme heat, Fox Entertainment President Gail Berman told reporters today."
    Is there any depth to which Fox won't stoop? It premieres tomorrow night.
posted by Steven Den Beste on Jan 12, 2002 - 37 comments

What goes up, must come down.

What goes up, must come down. After it's meteoric rise in the ratings, WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE's future is looking bleak. This comes after news that a British Millionaire contestant accused of cheating. <coff, coff!> Do you think maybe it was just all too crass in the post 9/11 world?
posted by crunchland on Nov 28, 2001 - 10 comments

Bob Barker,

Bob Barker, inspiration to all of us who want to someday host a mid-morning game show, seems to be throwing in the towel.
posted by geoff. on Oct 17, 2001 - 14 comments

"Survivor" meets "Star Trek".

"Survivor" meets "Star Trek". The next tourist in space may be a game-show winner. (Gad.)
posted by Steven Den Beste on Jul 3, 2001 - 5 comments

First UK TV Millionnaire

First UK TV Millionnaire comes, by coincidence, on the same night that another network shows the last episode of its most popular sitcom, in which the main character dies.
Gosh what a coincidence! Or is it a fix?
posted by nico on Nov 20, 2000 - 11 comments

Effective Web Design and the Tao of Plinko

Effective Web Design and the Tao of Plinko all this time I have been reading the wrong web sites to figure out the web. What I needed to be doing was spending some quality time with Bob Barker and friends on The Price is Right! Oh yeah, rumor has it that Bob Barker is set to retire next season (the shows 30th).
posted by DragonBoy on Oct 17, 2000 - 2 comments

I admit it, I want to be a millionaire.

I admit it, I want to be a millionaire. Not enough to spend an hour with Regis Philbin, but if I could earn the million while living out all of my childhood castaway fantasies, I'd be there in a heartbeat.
posted by CrazyUncleJoe on Jan 21, 2000 - 2 comments

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